Canadian Oil Sands Announces First Quarter 2012 Financial Results and a 17 Per Cent Dividend Increase to $0.35 Per Share

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CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire -04/30/12)- Canadian Oil Sands Limited (COS.TO - News) (COSWF.PK - News)

All financial figures are unaudited and in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

Highlights for the three-month period ended March 31, 2012:

 

-- Cash flow from operations was $454 million ($0.94 per Share) in the
first quarter of 2012, down five per cent from cash flow from operations
of $478 million ($0.99 per Share) recorded during the 2011 first
quarter. The decrease was due mainly to lower sales volumes and higher
Crown royalties, partially offset by a higher sales price and lower
operating expenses.
-- Net income for the first quarter of 2012 was $321 million ($0.66 per
Share) compared with $324 million ($0.67 per Share) in the 2011 first
quarter.
-- COS is increasing the quarterly dividend to $0.35 per share from $0.30
per share, payable on May 31, 2012 to shareholders of record on May 25,
2012.
-- Sales volumes averaged 108,100 barrels per day during the first quarter
of 2012 compared with 120,900 barrels per day during the same period of
2011. Production in the 2012 first quarter was mainly impacted by
maintenance on Coker 8-1 while the first quarter of 2011 enjoyed strong,
uninterrupted operations.
-- Operating expenses in the first quarter of 2012 decreased by a
significant 17 per cent to $321 million, or $32.68 per barrel, from $387
million, or $35.53 per barrel, in the same period of 2011. The decline
primarily reflects decreased purchased energy costs due to lower natural
gas prices in 2012 and reduced expense for Syncrude's long-term
incentive plans.

"The increase in the dividend to $0.35 per share reflects confidence in our business fundamentals and the commitment to delivering excess cash to our investors," said Marcel Coutu, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Continued strength in oil prices and Syncrude's solid operating base generated strong revenues, resulting in a growing cash balance over the first quarter. Combined with our recent US$700 million debt issuance, we have the liquidity to fund our major capital projects over the next few years while maintaining a strong balance sheet and dividend. Net debt levels are expected to gradually rise to more normalized levels of $1 billion to $2 billion by the end of 2014, which is coincident with the expected completion of our major projects, followed by a much reduced capital expenditure profile and higher free cash flow expected thereafter. While market prices for energy stocks are disappointing, currently our financial strength is at historic highs and our dividend yield remains among the most compelling in the sector."

Highlights

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
($ millions, except per Share and volume amounts) 2012 2011
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Cash flow from operations (1) $ 454 $ 478
Per Share (1) $ 0.94 $ 0.99

Net income $ 321 $ 324
Per Share, Basic and Diluted $ 0.66 $ 0.67

Sales volumes (2)
Total (mmbbs) 9.8 10.9
Daily average (bbls) 108,108 120,894

Realized SCO selling price ($/bbl) $ 97.07 $ 93.04

West Texas Intermediate (average $US/bbl) $ 103.03 $ 94.60

Operating expenses ($/bbl) $ 32.68 $ 35.53

Capital expenditures $ 141 $ 109

Dividends $ 145 $ 97
Per Share $ 0.30 $ 0.20
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(1) Cash flow from operations and cash flow from operations per Share are
non-GAAP measures and are defined on page 5 of the Management's Discussion
and Analysis ("MD&A") section of this report.
(2) The Corporation's sales volumes differ from its production volumes due
to changes in inventory, which are primarily in-transit pipeline volumes.
Sales volumes are net of purchases.

Syncrude operations

Syncrude produced an average 295,000 barrels per day (total 26.8 million barrels) during the first quarter of 2012 compared with 321,000 barrels per day (total 28.9 million barrels) during the same 2011 period. Production in the 2012 first quarter was impacted by maintenance on Coker 8-1 while the 2011 first quarter was characterized by more reliable operations with no major maintenance. Coker 8-1 returned to service in April at full capacity rates.

2012 Outlook

Canadian Oil Sands has revised its outlook for 2012, which includes the following estimates and assumptions:

 

-- We have reduced our single-point 2012 Syncrude production estimate to
110 million barrels (40.4 million barrels net to Canadian Oil Sands) or
301,000 barrels per day (111,000 barrels per day net to Canadian Oil
Sands). The 2012 Syncrude production range has been narrowed to 106 to
114 million barrels. The 110 million barrel Syncrude production outlook
incorporates actual first quarter 2012 production, a planned turnaround
of Coker 8-3 during the second quarter of the year, and an allowance for
unplanned outages.
-- COS is assuming a $90 per barrel plant-gate realization, based on a U.S.
$100 per barrel West Texas Intermediate ("WTI") oil price and a $10 per
barrel SCO discount to Canadian dollar WTI.
-- We are estimating 2012 operating expenses of $1,529 million, or $37.83
per barrel, reflecting a natural gas price assumption of $3.00 per
gigajoule.
-- The estimate for 2012 capital expenditures has decreased by $241 million
to $1,219 million due to timing adjustments of major project spending.
The expected completion dates and estimated costs for the major projects
are not affected.
-- We anticipate recording no current taxes in 2012 and approximately $400
million of current taxes in 2013 based on the assumptions in our
outlook. The increase in estimated 2013 current taxes reflects
adjustments to the expected timing of capital expenditures and related
tax deductions.
-- We are estimating 2012 cash flow from operations of $1,641 million, or
$3.39 per Share. After deducting forecast 2012 capital expenditures, we
estimate $422 million in remaining cash flow from operations for the
year, or $0.87 per Share.

More information on the outlook is provided in the Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") section of this report and the April 30, 2012 guidance document, which is available on our web site at www.cdnoilsands.com under "Investor Information".

The 2012 Outlook contains forward-looking information and users are cautioned that the actual amounts may vary from the estimates disclosed. Please refer to the "Forward-Looking Information Advisory" in the MD&A section of this report for the risks and assumptions underlying this forward-looking information.

Annual General Meeting

Canadian Oil Sands' Annual General Meeting of Shareholders will be held today, April 30, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time) in the Ballroom of The Metropolitan Conference Centre, 333 Fourth Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta. A live audio webcast of the meeting will be available on our website at www.cdnoilsands.com. An archive of the webcast will be available approximately one hour following the meeting.

Management's Discussion and Analysis

The following Management's Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") was prepared as of April 30, 2012 and should be read in conjunction with the unaudited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto of Canadian Oil Sands Limited (the "Corporation") for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011, the audited consolidated financial statements and MD&A of the Corporation for the year ended December 31, 2011 and the Corporation's Annual Information Form ("AIF") dated February 23, 2012. Additional information on the Corporation, including its AIF, is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com or on the Corporation's website at www.cdnoilsands.com. References to "Canadian Oil Sands" or "we" include the Corporation, its subsidiaries and partnerships. The financial results of Canadian Oil Sands have been prepared in accordance with Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") and are reported in Canadian dollars, unless stated otherwise.

Forward Looking Information Advisory

In the interest of providing the Corporation's shareholders and potential investors with information regarding the Corporation, including management's assessment of the Corporation's future production and cost estimates, plans and operations, certain statements throughout this MD&A and the related press release contain "forward-looking information" under applicable securities law. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words such as "anticipate", "expect", "believe", "plan", "intend" or similar words suggesting future outcomes. Forward-looking statements in this MD&A and the related press release include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to: the expectations regarding the 2012 annual Syncrude forecasted production range of 106 million barrels to 114 million barrels and the single-point Syncrude production estimate of 110 million barrels (40.4 million barrels net to the Corporation); the timing and impact on production of the turnaround of Coker 8-3; future dividends and any increase or decrease from current payment amounts; the expectation that the Corporation can support a higher dividend level while maintaining a strong balance sheet.

The establishment of future dividend levels with the intent of absorbing short-term market volatility over several quarters; the level of natural gas consumption in 2012 and beyond; the expected sales, operating expenses, Crown royalties, capital expenditures and cash flow from operations for 2012; the anticipated amount of current taxes in 2012 and 2013; the expectation that proceeds from the March 2012 senior note offering will be used to repay U.S. $300 million of senior notes which mature on August 15, 2013, fund major capital projects over the next three years and support dividend stability; expectations regarding the Corporation's cash levels over the next several years; the expected price for crude oil and natural gas in 2012; the expected foreign exchange rates in 2012; the expected realized selling price, which includes the anticipated differential to West Texas Intermediate ("WTI") to be received in 2012 for the Corporation's product; the expectations regarding net debt; the anticipated impact of increases or decreases in oil prices, production, operating expenses, foreign exchange rates and natural gas prices on the Corporation's cash flow from operations; the expectation that regular maintenance capital costs will average approximately $10 per barrel over the next few years; the expected amount of total major project costs and anticipated target in-service dates for the Mildred Lake mine train replacements, the Aurora North mine train relocations and the composite tails plant at the Aurora North mine; the anticipated target in-service date for the Syncrude Emissions Reduction ("SER") project; the expectation that the SER project will significantly reduce total sulphur dioxide and other emissions; the expectation that the Corporation will finance the major projects with cash flow from operations and the planned increase in net debt levels; the cost estimates for 2012 major project spending and post-2012 major project spending; the expectation that the WTI discount to Brent oil prices will narrow as pipeline capacity to deliver inland North American crude oils to United States gulf coast markets increases and the belief that this should support better price realizations for SCO; and the expectation that the volatility in the SCO to WTI differential is likely to persist for several years until sufficient pipeline capacity to deliver crude oil from western Canada to Cushing, Oklahoma or the United States gulf coast is available.

You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which they are based will occur. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur. Although the Corporation believes that the expectations represented by such forward-looking statements are reasonable and reflect the current views of the Corporation with respect to future events, there can be no assurance that such assumptions and expectations will prove to be correct.

The factors or assumptions on which the forward-looking information is based include, but are not limited to: the assumptions outlined in the Corporation's guidance document as posted on the Corporation's website at www.cdnoilsands.com as of April 30, 2012 and as subsequently amended or replaced from time to time, including without limitation, the assumptions as to production, operating expenses and oil prices; the successful and timely implementation of capital projects; the ability to obtain regulatory and Syncrude joint venture owner approval; our ability to either generate sufficient cash flow from operations to meet our current and future obligations or obtain external sources of debt and equity capital; the continuation of assumed tax, royalty and regulatory regimes and the accuracy of the estimates of our reserves and resources volumes.

Some of the risks and other factors which could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements contained in this MD&A and the related press release include, but are not limited to: the impacts of legislative or regulatory changes especially as such relate to royalties, taxation, the environment and tailings; the impact of technology on operations and processes and how new complex technology may not perform as expected; skilled labour shortages and the productivity achieved from labour in the Fort McMurray area; the supply and demand metrics for oil and natural gas; the impact that pipeline capacity and refinery demand have on prices for our products; the unanimous joint venture owner approval for major expansions and changes in product types; the variances of stock market activities generally; global economic conditions/volatility; normal risks associated with litigation, general economic, business and market conditions; the impact of Syncrude being unable to meet the conditions of its approval for its tailings management plan under Directive 074; volatility of crude oil prices; volatility of the SCO to WTI price differential; unsuccessful or untimely implementation of capital or maintenance projects and such other risks and uncertainties described in the Corporation's AIF dated February 23, 2012 and in the reports and filings made with securities regulatory authorities from time to time by the Corporation which are available on the Corporation's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Corporation's website at www.cdnoilsands.com.

You are cautioned that the foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this MD&A and the related press release are made as of April 30, 2012, and unless required by law, the Corporation does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking statements contained in this MD&A and related press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this MD&A and the related press release, we refer to financial measures that do not have any standardized meaning as prescribed by Canadian GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures include cash flow from operations, cash flow from operations on a per Share basis, net debt, total capitalization and net debt to total capitalization. In addition, the Corporation refers to various per barrel figures, such as net realized selling prices, operating expenses and Crown royalties, which also are considered non-GAAP measures. We derive per barrel figures by dividing the relevant sales or cost figure by our sales volumes, which are net of purchased crude oil volumes in a period. Non-GAAP financial measures provide additional information that we believe is meaningful regarding the Corporation's operational performance, its liquidity and its capacity to fund dividends, capital expenditures and other investing activities. Users are cautioned that non-GAAP financial measures presented by the Corporation may not be comparable with measures provided by other entities.

Cash flow from operations is calculated as cash from operating activities, as reported on the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows, before changes in non-cash working capital. Cash flow from operations per Share is calculated as cash flow from operations divided by the weighted-average number of Shares outstanding in the period. We believe cash flow from operations, which is not impacted by fluctuations in non-cash working capital balances, is more indicative of operational performance. The majority of our non-cash working capital is liquid and typically settles within 30 days.

Cash flow from operations is reconciled to cash from operating activities as follows:

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
($ millions) 2012 2011
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Cash flow from operations $ 454 $ 478
Change in non-cash working capital(1) 112 (19)
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Cash from operating activities(1) $ 566 $ 459
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(1) As reported in the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

Review of Syncrude Operations

Synthetic crude oil ("SCO") production from the Syncrude Joint Venture ("Syncrude") during the first quarter of 2012 totalled 26.8 million barrels, or 295,000 barrels per day, compared with the same 2011 period when production totalled 28.9 million barrels, or 321,000 barrels per day. Production in the 2012 first quarter was impacted by maintenance on Coker 8-1 while the 2011 first quarter was characterized by more reliable operations with no major maintenance. Coker 8-1 returned to service in April at full capacity rates. Net to the Corporation, production totalled 9.9 million barrels in the first quarter of 2012 compared with 10.6 million barrels in the first quarter of 2011, based on Canadian Oil Sands' 36.74 per cent working interest in Syncrude.

Canadian Oil Sands' operating expenses in the first quarter of 2012 decreased about 17 per cent to $321 million, or $32.68 per barrel, from $387 million, or $35.53 per barrel, in the first quarter of 2011. The decrease is primarily due to decreased purchased energy costs reflecting lower natural gas prices in 2012, and reduced expense for Syncrude's long-term incentive plans. See the "Operating Expenses" section of this MD&A for further discussion.

Canadian Oil Sands' capital expenditures in the first quarter of 2012 rose to $141 million from $109 million in the comparative 2011 quarter, as spending increased on large multi-year capital projects to replace or relocate four of Syncrude's five mining trains and to support Syncrude's tailings management plans. Additional information is provided in the "Capital Expenditures" section of this MD&A.

Review of Financial Results

Highlights

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
($ millions, except per Share and volume amounts) 2012 2011
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Cash flow from operations(1) $ 454 $ 478
Per Share(1) $ 0.94 $ 0.99

Net income $ 321 $ 324
Per Share, Basic and Diluted $ 0.66 $ 0.67

Sales volumes(2)
Total (mmbbs) 9.8 10.9
Daily average (bbls) 108,108 120,894

Realized SCO selling price ($/bbl) $ 97.07 $ 93.04

West Texas Intermediate (average $US/bbl) $ 103.03 $ 94.60

Operating expenses ($/bbl) $ 32.68 $ 35.53

Capital expenditures $ 141 $ 109

Dividends $ 145 $ 97
Per Share $ 0.30 $ 0.20
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(1) Cash flow from operations and cash flow from operations per Share are
non-GAAP measures and are defined on page 5 of this MD&A.
(2) The Corporation's sales volumes differ from its production volumes due
to changes in inventory, which are primarily in-transit pipeline volumes.
Sales volumes are net of purchases.

Net Income per Barrel

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
($ per barrel)(1) 2012 2011
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Sales after crude oil purchases and transportation
expense $ 97.29 $ 93.36
Operating expenses (32.68) (35.53)
Crown royalties (9.71) (6.49)
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$ 54.90 $ 51.34
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Non-production expenses (2.53) (3.00)
Administration and insurance (0.82) (1.04)
Depreciation and depletion (9.65) (8.77)
Net finance expense (0.68) (1.27)
Foreign exchange gain 1.65 1.99
Deferred tax expense (10.23) (9.43)
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(22.26) (21.52)
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Net income per barrel $ 32.64 $ 29.82
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Sales volumes (mmbbls)(2) 9.8 10.9
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(1) Unless otherwise specified, the per barrel measures in this MD&A have
been derived by dividing the relevant item by sales volumes in the period.
(2) Sales volumes, net of purchased crude oil volumes.

Cash flow from operations decreased five per cent to $454 million, or $0.94 per Share, in the first quarter of 2012 from $478 million, or $0.99 per Share, in the first quarter of 2011. The decrease was due mainly to lower sales (net of crude oil purchases and transportation expense) and higher Crown royalties, partially offset by lower operating expenses.

Sales net of crude oil purchases and transportation expense decreased $60 million to $956 million in the first quarter of 2012 from $1,016 million in the comparative 2011 quarter, reflecting lower sales volumes partially offset by a higher average realized selling price. Additional information is provided in the "Sales Net of Crude Oil Purchases and Transportation Expense" section of this MD&A.

Crown royalties increased $25 million to $96 million, or $9.71 per barrel, in the first quarter of 2012 from $71 million, or $6.49 per barrel, in the first quarter of 2011 due primarily to an increase in estimated bitumen prices. Additional information is provided in the "Crown Royalties" section of this MD&A.

Operating expenses in the first quarter of 2012 decreased about 17 per cent to $321 million, or $32.68 per barrel, from $387 million, or $35.53 per barrel, in the first quarter of 2011, primarily due to decreased purchased energy costs reflecting lower natural gas prices in 2012 and reduced expense for Syncrude's long-term incentive plans. See the "Operating Expenses" section of this MD&A for further discussion.

Net income decreased by $3 million to $321 million, or $0.66 per Share, in the first quarter of 2012 from $324 million, or $0.67 per Share, in the first quarter of 2011, reflecting the variances in sales, Crown royalties and operating expenses described earlier.

Capital expenditures in the first quarter of 2012 rose to $141 million from $109 million in the comparative 2011 quarter, as spending increased on large multi-year capital projects to replace or relocate four of Syncrude's five mining trains and to support Syncrude's tailings management plans. Additional information is provided in the "Capital Expenditures" section of this MD&A.

Net debt, comprised of long-term debt less cash and cash equivalents, decreased to $0.1 billion at March 31, 2012 from $0.4 billion at December 31, 2011, as Canadian Oil Sands generated $454 million in cash flow from operations in the first quarter of 2012, exceeding capital expenditures and dividend payments of $141 million and $145 million, respectively. In addition, reductions in non-cash working capital increased cash and cash equivalents by $130 million.

On March 29, 2012, the Corporation issued U.S. $400 million of 4.5% senior unsecured notes due April 1, 2022 and U.S. $300 million of 6.0% senior unsecured notes due April 1, 2042. With the proceeds from the debt issuance, cash and cash equivalents totaled $1.7 billion at March 31, 2012. Proceeds from the issues will be used to repay U.S. $300 million of senior notes which mature on August 15, 2013, fund major capital projects and support dividend stability.

Sales Net of Crude Oil Purchases and Transportation Expense

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
($ millions) 2012 2011 $ Change
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Sales(1) $ 1,137 $ 1,083 $ 54
Crude oil purchases (171) (59) (112)
Transportation expense (10) (8) (2)
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$ 956 $ 1,016 $ (60)
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Sales volumes (mmbbls)(2) 9.8 10.9 (1.1)
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Realized SCO selling price(3)
(average $Cdn/bbl) $ 97.07 $ 93.04 $ 4.03

West Texas Intermediate ("WTI")
(average $US/bbl) 103.03 94.60 8.43

SCO premium (discount) to WTI
(weighted average $Cdn/bbl) (5.89) 0.35 (6.24)

Average foreign exchange rate
($US/$Cdn) 1.00 1.02 (0.02)
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(1) Sales include sales of purchased crude oil and sulphur.
(2) Sales volumes, net of purchased crude oil volumes.
(3) SCO sales net of crude oil purchases and transportation expense divided
by sales volumes, net of purchased crude oil volumes.

The $60 million, or six per cent, decrease in sales net of crude oil purchases and transportation expense in the first quarter of 2012 relative to the 2011 comparative quarter reflects lower sales volumes in 2012 partially offset by a higher average realized SCO selling price.

Sales volumes averaged 108,000 barrels per day in the first quarter of 2012 compared with 121,000 barrels per day in the first quarter of 2011, mainly reflecting maintenance work on Coker 8-1 in 2012.

The realized selling price in the first quarter of 2012 averaged $97.07 per barrel compared with $93.04 per barrel in the 2011 first quarter, reflecting a higher WTI crude oil price and a weaker Canadian dollar, partially offset by a SCO discount relative to WTI. WTI averaged U.S. $103 per barrel in the first quarter of 2012 compared with U.S. $95 per barrel in the first quarter of 2011, and the Canadian dollar averaged $1.00 U.S./Cdn in the first quarter of 2012, down from $1.02 U.S./Cdn in the first quarter of 2011. The Corporation realized a weighted-average SCO to WTI discount of $5.89 per barrel in the first quarter of 2012 versus a $0.35 per barrel premium in the first quarter of 2011. The decline of the SCO to WTI differential reflects recent supply/demand fundamentals for light crude oil. Increasing North American production of both SCO and light crude oil from tight oil formations and refinery modifications enabling processing of heavier crude oils have resulted in sales to more distant refineries, thereby decreasing the net realized price by higher transportation costs. More recently, this situation has been exacerbated by pipeline apportionment which has restricted the ability of SCO and other crude oils to reach their preferred markets, reducing the price received. More information on the SCO to WTI differential is provided in the "Outlook" section of this MD&A.

The Corporation purchases crude oil from third parties to fulfill sales commitments with customers when there are shortfalls in Syncrude's production and to facilitate certain transportation and tankage arrangements and operations. Sales include the sale of purchased crude oil while the cost of these purchases is included in crude oil purchases and transportation expense. Crude oil purchases were higher in the first quarter of 2012 relative to the comparative 2011 quarter, reflecting additional purchased volumes in 2012 to support transportation and storage arrangements and unanticipated production shortfalls, as well as higher crude oil prices.

Crown Royalties

Crown royalties increased $25 million to $96 million, or $9.71 per barrel, in the first quarter of 2012 from $71 million, or $6.49 per barrel, in the first quarter of 2011 due primarily to an increase in estimated bitumen prices.

The Syncrude Royalty Amending Agreement requires that bitumen be valued by a formula that references the value of bitumen based on a Canadian heavy oil price adjusted for reasonable quality, transportation and handling deductions (including diluent costs) to reflect the quality and location differences between Syncrude's bitumen and the reference price of bitumen. Canadian Oil Sands' share of the royalties recognized for the period from January 1, 2009 to March 31, 2012 are estimated to be approximately $40 million lower than the amount calculated using the Alberta-government-provided bitumen value for Syncrude. The Syncrude owners and the Alberta government continue to discuss the basis for reasonable quality, transportation, and handling adjustments but if such discussions do not result in an agreed upon solution, either party may seek judicial determination of the matter. The cumulative impact of such discussions or judicial determination, as applicable, will be recognized immediately and will impact both net income and cash flow from operations accordingly.

Operating Expenses

The following table breaks down operating expenses into their major components and shows operating expenses per barrel of bitumen and SCO. The information allocates costs to bitumen production and upgrading on the basis used to determine Crown royalties.

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
2012 2011
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($ per barrel) Bitumen SCO Bitumen SCO
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Bitumen production $ 23.54 $ 28.51 $ 24.74 $ 28.15
Internal fuel allocation(2) 2.20 2.66 2.58 2.93
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Total produced bitumen costs 25.74 31.17 27.32 31.08
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Upgrading costs(1) 9.05 9.98
Less: internal fuel
allocation to bitumen(2) (2.66) (2.93)
Total Syncrude operating
expenses 37.56 38.13
Canadian Oil Sands
adjustments(3) (4.88) (2.60)
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Total operating expenses 32.68 35.53
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(thousands of barrels per
day) Bitumen SCO Bitumen SCO
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Syncrude production volumes 357 295 366 321
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(1) Upgrading costs include the production and ongoing maintenance costs
associated with processing and upgrading of bitumen to SCO.
(2) Reflects energy generated by the upgrader that is used in the bitumen
production process and is valued by reference to natural gas and diesel
prices. Natural gas prices averaged $2.23 per GJ and $3.59 per GJ in the
three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and diesel
prices averaged $0.93 per litre and $0.89 per litre in the three months
ended March 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively.
(3) Canadian Oil Sands' adjustments mainly pertain to actual reclamation
costs and major turnaround costs, which Syncrude includes in operating
expenses. Canadian Oil Sands capitalizes major turnaround costs and
recognizes actual reclamation costs through its asset retirement
obligation. Major turnaround costs are expensed through depreciation and
reclamation costs are expensed through both depletion and accretion
(within net finance expense).


Three Months Ended
March 31
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Production costs $ 29.00 $ 30.59 $ (1.59)
Purchased energy 3.68 4.94 (1.26)
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Total operating expenses $ 32.68 $ 35.53 $ (2.85)
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Purchased energy consumption 1.65 1.38 0.27
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Operating expenses decreased about 17 per cent to $321 million, or $32.68 per barrel, in the first quarter of 2012 from $387 million, or $35.53 per barrel, in the first quarter of 2011 primarily due to:

 

-- decreased purchased energy costs reflecting lower natural gas prices in
2012; and
-- a decrease in the value of Syncrude's long-term incentive plans in 2012
as opposed to an increase in 2011. A portion of Syncrude's long-term
incentive plans is based on the market return performance of several
Syncrude owners' shares, including those of the Corporation, which was
stronger in 2011 than in 2012.

Purchased energy consumption rates were higher in the first quarter of 2012 primarily because Coker 8-1, which underwent maintenance, generated less fuel for energy consumption than in the comparative 2011 period; as such, natural gas purchases were higher.

Non-Production Expenses

Non-production expenses totalled $24 million in the first quarter of 2012 compared with $33 million in the first quarter of 2011. Non-production expenses consist primarily of development expenditures relating to capital programs, which are expensed, such as pre-feasibility engineering, technical and support services, research and development, evaluation drilling and regulatory and stakeholder consultation expenditures. Non-production expenses can vary from period to period depending on the number of projects underway and the development stage of the projects.

Net Finance Expense

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
($ millions) 2012 2011
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Interest costs $ 21 $ 21
Less capitalized interest (20) (11)
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Interest expense 1 10
Accretion of asset retirement obligation 6 4
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Net finance expense $ 7 $ 14
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Interest costs in the first quarter of 2012 were virtually unchanged from the comparative 2011 quarter; however, interest expense was lower in 2012 because a higher portion of interest costs were capitalized as cumulative capital expenditures on qualifying assets rose. As such, net finance expense decreased to $7 million in the first quarter of 2012 from $14 million in the first quarter of 2011.

Depreciation and Depletion Expense

Depreciation and depletion expense totalled $95 million in the first quarters of 2012 and 2011 as Canadian Oil Sands' depreciable property, plant and equipment, and the estimated useful lives over which most of these assets are depreciated, remained largely unchanged.

Foreign Exchange (Gain) Loss

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
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Foreign exchange (gain) loss - long-term debt $ (20) $ (25)
Foreign exchange (gain) loss - other 4 3
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Total foreign exchange (gain) loss $ (16) $ (22)
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Foreign exchange gains/losses are primarily the result of revaluations of our U.S. dollar denominated long-term debt caused by fluctuations in U.S. / Cdn dollar exchange rates.

The foreign exchange gains on long-term debt in the first quarter of 2012 were the result of a strengthening in the value of the Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar from $0.98 U.S./Cdn at December 31, 2011 to $1.00 U.S./Cdn at March 31, 2012. Similarly, the gains in the first quarter of 2011 were the result of a strengthening in the value of the Canadian dollar from $1.01 U.S./Cdn at December 31, 2010 to $1.03 U.S./Cdn at March 31, 2011.

Deferred Taxes

The Corporation recorded a $100 million deferred tax expense in the first quarter of 2012, down from $103 million in the first quarter of 2011, reflecting lower before-tax earnings in 2012.

Asset Retirement Obligation

Canadian Oil Sands decreased its estimated asset retirement obligation during the first quarter of 2012 from $1,037 million at December 31, 2011 to $940 million at March 31, 2012. The decrease reflects an increase in the risk-free interest rate used to discount future reclamation payments combined with $43 million of reclamation spending during the first quarter of 2012. A $29 million current portion of the asset retirement obligation is included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities, while the $911 million non-current portion is separately presented as an asset retirement obligation on the March 31, 2012 Consolidated Balance Sheets.

Summary of Quarterly Results

 

2012 2011
Q1 Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1
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Sales(1)($ millions) $ 956 $ 884 $ 989 $ 1,045 $ 1,016

Net income ($ millions) $ 321 $ 232 $ 242 $ 346 $ 324
Per Share, Basic & Diluted $ 0.66 $ 0.48 $ 0.50 $ 0.71 $ 0.67

Cash flow from operations(2)($
millions) $ 454 $ 363 $ 512 $ 544 $ 478
Per Share(2) $ 0.94 $ 0.75 $ 1.06 $ 1.12 $ 0.99

Dividends ($ millions) $ 145 $ 146 $ 145 $ 145 $ 97
Per Share $ 0.30 $ 0.30 $ 0.30 $ 0.30 $ 0.20

Daily averages sales volumes(3)
(bbls) 108,108 91,259 109,260 102,938 120,894

Realized SCO selling price
($/bbl) $ 97.07 $ 104.78 $ 97.89 $ 111.00 $ 93.04

Operating expenses(4) ($/bbl) $ 32.68 $ 46.88 $ 37.19 $ 37.07 $ 35.53

Purchased natural gas price
($/GJ) $ 2.23 $ 3.19 $ 3.51 $ 3.62 $ 3.59

WTI(5) (average $US/bbl) $ 103.03 $ 94.06 $ 89.54 $ 102.34 $ 94.60

Foreign exchange rates
($US/$Cdn)
Average $ 1.00 $ 0.98 $ 1.02 $ 1.03 $ 1.02
Quarter-end $ 1.00 $ 0.98 $ 0.96 $ 1.04 $ 1.03
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2010
Q4 Q3 Q2
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Sales(1)($ millions) $ 912 $ 692 $ 842

Net income ($ millions) $ 575 $ 193 $ 245
Per Share, Basic & Diluted $ 1.19 $ 0.40 $ 0.51

Cash flow from operations(2)($
millions) $ 398 $ 230 $ 379
Per Share(2) $ 0.82 $ 0.48 $ 0.78

Dividends ($ millions) $ 242 $ 242 $ 242
Per Share $ 0.50 $ 0.50 $ 0.50

Daily averages sales volumes(3)
(bbls) 114,739 96,477 118,569

Realized SCO selling price
($/bbl) $ 83.97 $ 77.94 $ 78.07

Operating expenses(4) ($/bbl) $ 35.81 $ 37.97 $ 30.86

Purchased natural gas price
($/GJ) $ 3.45 $ 3.44 $ 3.68

WTI(5) (average $US/bbl) $ 85.24 $ 76.21 $ 78.05

Foreign exchange rates
($US/$Cdn)
Average $ 0.99 $ 0.96 $ 0.97
Quarter-end $ 1.01 $ 0.97 $ 0.94
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(1) Sales after crude oil purchases and transportation expense.

(2) Cash flow from operations and cash flow from operations per Share are non-GAAP measures and are defined on page 5 within this MD&A.

(3) Daily average sales volumes net of crude oil purchases.

(4) Derived from operating expenses, as reported on the Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income, divided by sales volumes during the period.

(5) Pricing obtained from Bloomberg.

During the last eight quarters, the following items have had a significant impact on the Corporation's financial results:

 

-- fluctuations in U.S. dollar WTI oil prices, which have ranged from U.S.
$68 per barrel to U.S. $114 per barrel over the past two years, have
affected the Corporation's sales, Crown royalties, net income and cash
flow from operations;
-- fluctuations in the differential between SCO and Canadian dollar WTI oil
prices, which have ranged from an approximate $15 per barrel monthly
average premium to an approximate $15 per barrel monthly average
discount over the past two years, have impacted the Corporation's sales,
net income and cash flow from operations;
-- U.S. to Canadian dollar exchange rate fluctuations have resulted in
foreign exchange gains and losses on the revaluation of U.S. dollar-
denominated debt and have impacted commodity pricing;
-- planned and unplanned maintenance activities have negatively impacted
quarterly production volumes, revenues and operating expenses;
-- beginning in the first quarter of 2011, net income reflects an increase
in deferred taxes following the December 31, 2010 conversion from a
income trust to a corporation. Under the corporate structure, tax pools
are being drawn down to shelter taxable income, resulting in deferred
tax expenses whereas, as a trust, distributions were available to
shelter taxable income.
-- net income was higher in the fourth quarter of 2010 due to a $269
million deferred tax recovery resulting from re-measuring the deferred
tax liability at a lower tax rate upon conversion to a corporation on
December 31, 2010.

Quarterly variances in net income and cash flow from operations are caused mainly by fluctuations in crude oil prices, production and sales volumes, operating expenses and natural gas prices. Net income is also impacted by unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses, depreciation and depletion, and deferred tax amounts. The dividends paid to Shareholders are likewise dependent on the factors impacting cash flow from operations as well as the amount and timing of capital expenditures.

While the supply/demand balance for crude oil affects selling prices, the impact of this relationship has not displayed significant seasonality. Natural gas prices are typically higher in winter months as heating demand rises, but this seasonality is influenced by weather conditions and North American natural gas inventory levels. In addition, recent technological developments in North American natural gas production have significantly increased production levels and reduced natural gas prices. These conditions may persist for the next several years.

Syncrude production levels may not display seasonal patterns or trends. While maintenance and turnaround activities are typically scheduled to avoid the winter months, the exact timing of unit outages cannot be precisely scheduled, and unplanned outages may occur. The costs of major turnarounds are capitalized as property, plant and equipment and depreciated over the period until the next scheduled turnaround. The costs of all other turnarounds and maintenance activities are expensed in the period incurred, which can result in volatility in quarterly operating expenses. All turnarounds and maintenance activities impact per barrel operating expenses because sales volumes are lower in the periods when this work is occurring.

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures increased by $32 million to $141 million in the first quarter of 2012 from $109 million in the first quarter of 2011, as construction progresses on major capital projects at Syncrude. These projects will continue through 2014 and include the following:

 

-- mine train replacement and relocation projects, which accounted for $51
million and $22 million of the capital spent in the first quarters of
2012 and 2011, respectively. These projects involve reconstructing or
relocating crushers, surge facilities and slurry preparation equipment
to support mine development and tailings storage;
-- the Aurora North Tailings Management project, which accounted for $19
million and $7 million of the capital
spent in the first quarters of 2012 and 2011, respectively. This project
involves the construction of a composite tails plant at the Aurora North
mine to process tailings in support of Syncrude's reclamation efforts;
-- the Syncrude Emissions Reduction ("SER") project, which accounted for $7
million and $30 million of the capital spent in the first quarters of
2012 and 2011, respectively. The SER project commenced in 2006 and
involves retrofitting technology into the operation of Syncrude's
original two cokers in order to reduce total sulphur dioxide and other
emissions; and
-- the Centrifuge Tailings Management project, which accounted for $7
million of the capital spent in the first quarter of 2012 ($nil in the
first quarter of 2011). This project involves the construction of a
centrifuge plant at the Mildred Lake mine to process tailings in support
of Syncrude's reclamation efforts.

Capital expenditures also included:

 

-- capitalized interest costs, which were $20 million in the first quarter
of 2012 compared with $11 million in the first quarter of 2011,
reflecting higher cumulative capital expenditures on qualifying assets
in 2012.
-- capitalized turnaround costs, which were $7 million in the first quarter
of 2012 ($nil in the first quarter of 2011), reflecting purchases of
materials in advance of the Coker 8-3 turnaround scheduled for the
second quarter of 2012.

The remaining capital expenditures, which accounted for $30 million and $39 million of the capital spent in the first quarters of 2012 and 2011, respectively, related to regular maintenance of business and other investment activities, including relocation of tailings facilities and other infrastructure projects.

More information on Canadian Oil Sands' major capital projects is provided in the "Outlook" section of this MD&A.

Contractual Obligations and Commitments

During the first quarter of 2012, Canadian Oil Sands entered into new contractual obligations totalling approximately $340 million for the transportation and storage of crude oil; assumed $130 million in new funding commitments primarily related to the major capital projects discussed in the Outlook section of this MD&A; increased its funding commitment by $120 million in respect of Syncrude Canada's registered pension plan; and assumed $50 million in new commitments related to Syncrude Canada's employee retention program.

Dividends

On April 30, 2012, the Corporation declared a quarterly dividend of $0.35 per Share for a total dividend of approximately $170 million. The dividend will be paid on May 31, 2012 to Shareholders of record on May 25, 2012. With continued strength in oil prices, a growing cash position, and reduced liquidity risk as a result of the recent debt issue, Canadian Oil Sands has confidence in its ability to execute its business plan and support a higher dividend level, while maintaining a strong balance sheet.

Dividend payments continue to be set quarterly by the Board of Directors in the context of current and expected crude oil prices, economic conditions, Syncrude's operating performance, and the Corporation's capacity to finance operating and investing obligations. Dividend levels are established with the intent of absorbing short-term market volatility over several quarters. Dividend levels also recognize our intention to fund the current major projects with cash flow from operations and the planned increase in net debt levels, while maintaining a strong balance sheet to reduce exposure to potential oil price declines, capital cost increases, or major operational upsets.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

March 31 December 31
($ millions, except % amounts) 2012 2011
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Long-term debt $ 1,801 $ 1,132
Cash and cash equivalents (1,702) (718)
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Net debt(1,2) $ 99 $ 414
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Shareholders' equity $ 4,386 $ 4,210
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Total capitalization(1,3) $ 4,485 $ 4,624
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Net debt to total capitalization(1,4) (%) 2 9
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(1)Net debt, total capitalization, and net debt to total capitalization are non-GAAP measures.

(2)Long-term debt less cash and cash equivalents.

(3)Net debt plus Shareholders' equity.

(4)Net debt divided by total capitalization.

Net debt, comprised of long-term debt less cash and cash equivalents, decreased to $0.1 billion at March 31, 2012 from $0.4 billion at December 31, 2011, as COS generated $454 million in cash flow from operations in the first quarter of 2012, exceeding capital expenditures and dividend payments of $141 million and $145 million, respectively. In addition, a reduction in non-cash working capital balances increased cash and cash equivalents by $130 million. Shareholders' equity increased to $4.4 billion at March 31, 2012 from $4.2 billion at December 31, 2011, as net income exceeded dividends in the first quarter of 2012.

On March 29, 2012, Canadian Oil Sands issued U.S. $400 million of 4.5% senior unsecured notes due April 1, 2022 and U.S. $300 million of 6.0% senior unsecured notes due April 1, 2042 (collectively, the "Notes"). Interest on the Notes is payable semi-annually on April 1 and October 1. Proceeds from the issues will be used to repay U.S. $300 million of senior notes which mature on August 15, 2013, fund major capital projects over the next three years and support dividend stability.

Canadian Oil Sands has a $1,500 million operating credit facility which expires on June 1, 2015 and a $40 million extendible revolving term credit facility which expires on June 30, 2013. No amounts were drawn against these facilities at March 31, 2012.

COS' senior notes indentures and credit facility agreements contain certain covenants which restrict Canadian Oil Sands' ability to sell all or substantially all of its assets or change the nature of its business, and limit total debt to total capitalization to 55 per cent. A significant increase in debt or decrease in Shareholders' equity would be required before covenants restrict the Corporation's financial flexibility.

Our liquidity position has improved in the first quarter of 2012 as a result of our growing cash position and the issuance of debt. We expect cash levels to decrease significantly over the next several years as we fund the major capital projects and repay the 2013 debt maturity. As a result, net debt levels should rise to a more normalized level of $1 billion to $2 billion by the end of 2014, coincident with reduced risk from the completion of our major capital projects.

Shareholders' Capital and Trading Activity

The Corporation's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol COS. The Corporation had a market capitalization of approximately $10 billion with 484.5 million shares outstanding and a closing price of $21.04 per Share on March 31, 2012. The following table summarizes the trading activity for first quarter of 2012.

Canadian Oil Sands Limited - Trading Activity

 

First
Quarter January February March
2012 2012 2012 2012
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Share price
High $ 25.19 $ 25.19 $ 24.97 $ 24.09
Low $ 21.01 $ 23.03 $ 21.72 $ 21.01
Close $ 21.04 $ 24.86 $ 23.63 $ 21.04

Volume of Shares
traded
(millions) 127.9 40.1 46.9 40.9
Weighted average
Shares
outstanding
(millions) 484.5 484.5 484.5 484.5
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Financial Instruments and Financial Risks

The Corporation's financial instruments include cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, reclamation trust investments, accounts payable, accrued liabilities and long-term debt. The nature, the Corporation's use of, and the risks associated with these instruments are unchanged from December 31, 2011. The Corporation did not have any financial derivatives outstanding during the first quarter of 2012.

Changes in Accounting Policies

There were no new accounting policies adopted, nor any changes to accounting policies, in the first quarter of 2012.

2012 Outlook

 

(millions of Canadian dollars, except volume As of As of
and per barrel amounts) April 30 February 23
2012 2012
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Operating assumptions
Syncrude production (mmbbls) 110 113
Canadian Oil Sands sales (mmbbls) 40.4 41.5
Sales, net of crude oil purchases and
transportation $ 3,637 $ 3,813
Operating expenses $ 1,529 $ 1,516
Operating expenses per barrel $ 37.83 $ 36.52
Crown royalties $ 239 $ 253
Cash flow from operations $ 1,641 $ 1,825
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Capital expenditure assumptions
Major projects $ 780 $ 974
Regular maintenance $ 364 $ 405
Capitalized interest $ 75 $ 81
Total capital expenditures $ 1,219 $ 1,460
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Business environment assumptions
West Texas Intermediate (U.S.$/bbl) $ 100.00 $ 90.00
Premium (Discount) to average Cdn$ WTI prices
(Cdn$/bbl) $ (10.00) $ -
Foreign exchange rate (U.S.$/Cdn$) $ 1.00 $ 0.98
AECO natural gas (Cdn$/GJ) $ 3.00 $ 3.50
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Canadian Oil Sands has reduced its single-point 2012 Syncrude production estimate by 3 million barrels to 110 million barrels (40.4 million barrels net to Canadian Oil Sands) or 301,000 barrels per day (111,000 barrels per day net to Canadian Oil Sands). The 2012 Syncrude production range has been narrowed to 106 to 114 million barrels. The 110 million barrel Syncrude production outlook incorporates actual first quarter 2012 production, a 60-day planned turnaround of Coker 8-3 during the second quarter of the year, and an allowance for unplanned outages.

The revised outlook assumes a $90 per barrel plant-gate realization, based on a U.S. $100 per barrel WTI oil price and a $10 per barrel SCO discount to Cdn dollar WTI.

The estimated WTI price reflects an anticipated narrowing of the discount relative to Brent oil prices as pipeline capacity to deliver inland North American crude oils to United States gulf coast markets increases; this should support better price realizations for SCO, as it should track the improvement in WTI prices relative to world oil prices.

The estimated SCO discount to WTI reflects recent supply/demand fundamentals for inland North American light crude oil. Increasing North American production of both SCO and light crude oil from tight oil formations, and refinery modifications enabling processing of heavier crude oils, have pushed light crude sales to more distant refineries, thereby increasing transportation costs included in the net realized price. Recently, this situation has been exacerbated by pipeline apportionment which has restricted the ability of SCO and other crude oils to reach their preferred markets, reducing the price received. These supply and demand dynamics lead to price volatility which is likely to persist for several years until sufficient pipeline capacity to deliver crude oil from western Canada to Cushing, Oklahoma or the United States gulf coast is available.

We estimate 2012 operating expenses of $1,529 million, or $37.83 per barrel, reflecting a natural gas price assumption of $3.00 per gigajoule and increased purchased diesel costs.

The estimate for 2012 capital expenditures has decreased by $241 million to $1,219 million due to adjustments to the expected timing of major project spending. The expected completion dates and estimated costs for the major projects are not affected.

Estimated interest costs have increased to $108 million, reflecting the U.S. $700 million of debt issued in March, with capitalized interest costs estimated at $75 million.

We anticipate recording no current taxes in 2012 and approximately $400 million of current taxes in 2013 based on the assumptions in our outlook. The increase in estimated 2013 current taxes reflects adjustments to the expected timing of capital expenditures and related tax deductions.

Canadian Oil Sands is estimating 2012 cash flow from operations of $1,641 million, or $3.39 per Share. After deducting forecast 2012 capital expenditures, we estimate $422 million in remaining cash flow from operations for the year, or $0.87 per Share.

We expect cash levels to decrease significantly over the next several years as we fund the major capital projects and repay the 2013 debt maturity. As a result, net debt levels should rise to a more normalized level of $1 billion to $2 billion by the end of 2014, coincident with reduced risk from the completion of our major capital projects.

Changes in certain factors and market conditions could potentially impact Canadian Oil Sands' Outlook. The following table provides a sensitivity analysis of the key factors affecting the Corporation's performance.

Outlook Sensitivity Analysis (April 30, 2012)

 

Cash Flow from Operations
Increase
Variable(1) Annual
Sensitivity $ millions $ / Share
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Syncrude operating expenses
decrease Cdn$1.00/bbl $ 33 $ 0.07
Syncrude operating expenses
decrease Cdn$50 million $ 15 $ 0.03
WTI crude oil price increase U.S.$1.00/bbl $ 34 $ 0.07
Syncrude production increase 2 million bbls $ 54 $ 0.11
Canadian dollar weakening U.S.$0.01/Cdn$ $ 33 $ 0.07
AECO natural gas price decrease Cdn$0.50/GJ $ 25 $ 0.05
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(1)2012 cash flow from operations sensitivities are not expected to be significantly impacted by income taxes; however, in 2013, Canadian Oil Sands expects to record current taxes of approximately $400 million.

The 2012 Outlook contains forward-looking information and users are cautioned that the actual amounts may vary from the estimates disclosed. Please refer to the "Forward-Looking Information Advisory" section of this MD&A for the risks and assumptions underlying this forward-looking information.

Major Projects

The following tables provide cost and schedule estimates for Syncrude's major projects. Costs for the Centrifuge Tailings Management project at the Mildred Lake mine are included in 2012 spending but are excluded from 2013 and 2014 spending as this project has not reached sufficient design definition. Regular maintenance capital costs post 2012 will be provided on an annual basis with the budget for the following year, and are currently estimated to average approximately $10 per barrel over the next few years.

Major Projects(1) - Total Project Cost and Schedule Estimates(2)

 


Spent to
Dec 31, Total Cost Target
2011 Estimate Estimated % In-Service
($ billions)($ billions) Accuracy Date
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Mildred Lake
Mine Train Syncrude $ 0.5 $ 4.2 +15%/-15% Q4 2014
Replacement
Reconstruct COS share 0.2 1.6
crushers,
surge
facilities,
and slurry
prep
facilities to
support
tailings
storage
requirements

Aurora North Syncrude $ 0.2 $ 1.0 +15%/-15% Q1 2014
Mine Train
Relocation
Relocate COS share 0.1 0.4
crushers,
surge
facilities,
and slurry
prep
facilities to
support
tailings
storage
requirements

Aurora North Syncrude $ 0.2 $ 0.8 +15%/-15% Q4 2013
Tailings
Management
Construct COS share 0.1 0.3
composite
tails (CT)
plant at the
Aurora North
mine

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Major Projects(1) - Annual Spending Profile(2)

 

Spent to
($ billions) Dec 31, 2011 2012 2013 2014
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Syncrude $ 0.9 $ 2.1 $ 2.1 $ 1.3
Canadian Oil Sands share $ 0.4 $ 0.8 $ 0.8 $ 0.5
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(1) Major projects spending includes costs for Mildred Lake Mine Train Replacement, Aurora North Mine Train Relocation, and Aurora North Tailings Management projects. Costs for the Centrifuge Tailings Management project are included in 2012 spending but are excluded from 2013 and 2014 spending, as this project has not reached sufficient design definition.

(2) Major projects costs include both capital expenditures, excluding capitalized interest, and certain non-production expenses.

Construction on the SER project was essentially complete at the end of 2011 at a cost of approximately $1.5 billion (gross to Syncrude). The project is expected to be in service in the second half of 2012.

Canadian Oil Sands plans to finance these major projects with cash flow from operations and the planned increase in net debt levels.

The major projects tables contain forward-looking information and users of this information are cautioned that the actual yearly and total major project costs and the actual in-service dates for the major projects may vary from the plans disclosed. The major project cost estimates and major project target in-service dates are based on current spending plans. Please refer to the "Forward-Looking Information Advisory" section of this MD&A for the risks and assumptions underlying this forward-looking information. For a list of additional risk factors that could cause the actual amount of the major project costs and the major project target in-service dates to differ materially, please refer to the Corporation's Annual Information Form dated February 23, 2012 which is available on the Corporation's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Corporation's website at www.cdnoilsands.com.

Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income

(unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
(millions of Canadian dollars, except per Share and
Share volume amounts) 2012 2011
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Sales $ 1,137 $ 1,083
Crown royalties (Note 12) (96) (71)
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Revenues 1,041 1,012
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Expenses
Operating 321 387
Non-production 24 33
Crude oil purchases and transportation 181 67
Administration 6 9
Insurance 2 2
Depreciation and depletion 95 95
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629 593
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Earnings from operating activities 412 419
Foreign exchange gain (Note 8) (16) (22)
Net finance expense (Note 9) 7 14
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Earnings before taxes 421 427
Deferred tax expense 100 103
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Net income 321 324
Other comprehensive loss, net of income taxes
Reclassification of derivative gains to net income (1) (1)
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Comprehensive income $ 320 $ 323
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Weighted average Shares (millions) 485 485
Shares, end of period (millions) 485 485

Net income per Share
Basic and diluted $ 0.66 $ 0.67
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See Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

Consolidated Statements of Shareholders' Equity

(unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
(millions of Canadian dollars) 2012 2011
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Retained earnings
Balance, beginning of period $ 1,517 $ 1,034
Net income 321 324
Dividends (145) (97)
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Balance, end of period 1,693 1,261
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Accumulated other comprehensive income
Balance, beginning of period 12 15
Reclassification of derivative gains to net income (1) (1)
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Balance, end of period 11 14
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Shareholders' capital
Balance, beginning of period 2,673 2,671
Issuance of shares - 1
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Balance, end of period 2,673 2,672
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Contributed surplus
Balance, beginning of period 8 7
Share-based compensation 1 1
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Balance, end of period 9 8
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Total Shareholders' equity $ 4,386 $ 3,955
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See Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(unaudited)

 

March 31 December 31
As at (millions of Canadian dollars) 2012 2011
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ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,702 $ 718
Accounts receivable 325 376
Inventories 149 142
Prepaid expenses 5 10
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2,181 1,246
Property, plant and equipment, net (Note 4) 7,213 7,227
Exploration and evaluation 89 89
Reclamation trust 61 58
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$ 9,544 $ 8,620
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LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 559 $ 479
Current portion of employee future benefits 47 47
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606 526
Employee future benefits and other liabilities 476 480
Long-term debt (Note 5) 1,801 1,132
Asset retirement obligation (Note 6) 911 1,008
Deferred taxes 1,364 1,264
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5,158 4,410
Shareholders' equity 4,386 4,210
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$ 9,544 $ 8,620
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Commitments and Contingency (Notes 11 and 12, respectively)

See Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
(millions of Canadian dollars) 2012 2011
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Cash from (used in) operating activities
Net income $ 321 $ 324
Items not requiring an outlay of cash
Depreciation and depletion 95 95
Accretion of asset retirement obligation (Note 9) 6 4
Foreign exchange gain on long-term debt (Note 8) (20) (25)
Deferred tax expense 100 103
Share-based compensation - 5
Actual reclamation expenditures (Note 6) (43) (29)
Change in employee future benefits and other
liabilities (5) 1
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454 478
Change in non-cash working capital (Note 13(a)) 112 (19)
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Cash from operating activities 566 459
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Cash from (used in) financing activities
Issuance of senior notes (Note 5) 689 -
Repayment of bank credit facilities - (145)
Issuance of shares - 1
Dividends (145) (97)
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Cash from (used in) financing activities 544 (241)
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Cash from (used in) investing activities
Capital expenditures (141) (109)
Reclamation trust funding (3) (2)
Change in non-cash working capital (Note 13(a)) 18 2
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Cash used in investing activities (126) (109)
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Increase in cash and cash equivalents 984 109
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 718 80
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Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 1,702 $ 189
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Cash and cash equivalents consist of:
Cash $ 24 $ 29
Short-term investments 1,678 160
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Supplementary Information (Note 13)

See Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements

For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012

(Tabular amounts expressed in millions of Canadian dollars, except where otherwise noted)

1) Nature of Operations

Canadian Oil Sands Limited ("Canadian Oil Sands" or the "Corporation") was incorporated under the laws of the Province of Alberta, Canada in 2010 pursuant to a plan of arrangement effecting the reorganization from an income trust into a corporate structure effective December 31, 2010.

The Corporation indirectly owns a 36.74 per cent interest ("Working Interest") in the Syncrude Joint Venture ("Syncrude"). Syncrude is involved in the mining and upgrading of bitumen from oil sands in Northern Alberta. The Syncrude Project is comprised of open-pit oil sands mines, utilities plants, bitumen extraction plants, and an upgrading complex that processes bitumen into Synthetic Crude Oil. Each joint-venture owner, including the Corporation, takes its proportionate share of production in kind, and funds its proportionate share of Syncrude's operating and capital costs on a daily basis. Syncrude Canada Ltd. ("Syncrude Canada") operates Syncrude on behalf of the joint-venture owners and is responsible for selecting, compensating, directing and controlling Syncrude's employees, and for administering all related employment benefits and obligations. The Corporation's investment in Syncrude and Syncrude Canada represents its only producing asset.

The Corporation's office is located at the following address: 2500 First Canadian Centre, 350 - 7th Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 3N9.

2) Basis of Presentation

These unaudited interim consolidated financial statements are prepared and reported in Canadian dollars in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles as set out in the Handbook of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants ("CICA Handbook"). The CICA Handbook incorporates International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and publicly accountable enterprises, like the Corporation, are required to apply such standards. These unaudited interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IFRS applicable to the preparation of interim finanacial statements and International Accounting Standard ("IAS") 34, Interim Financial Reporting, and the accounting policies applied in these interim unaudited consolidated financial statements are based on IFRS as issued, outstanding and effective on April 30, 2012.

Certain disclosures that are normally required to be included in the notes to the annual audited consolidated financial statements have been condensed or omitted. These unaudited interim consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Corporation's audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto for the year ended December 31, 2011.

3) Accounting Policies

The same accounting policies and methods of computation are followed in these unaudited interim consolidated financial statements as compared with the most recent audited annual consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011.

4) Property, Plant and Equipment, Net

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2012

Upgrading Vehicles Asset
and Mining and Retirement
($ millions) extracting equipment equipment Buildings costs
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Cost
Balance at January 1,
2012 $ 4,688 $ 1,417 $ 690 $ 310 $ 931
Additions - - - - -
Change in asset
retirement costs - - - - (60)
Retirements - - - - -
Reclassifications (1) - - - 11 -
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Balance at March 31,
2012 $ 4,688 $ 1,417 $ 690 $ 321 $ 871
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Accumulated depreciation
Balance at January 1,
2012 $ 1,284 $ 480 $ 294 $ 100 $ 138
Depreciation 41 16 13 2 11
Retirements - - - - -
Reclassifications - - - - -
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Balance at March 31,
2012 $ 1,325 $ 496 $ 307 $ 102 $ 149
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Net book value at March
31, 2012 $ 3,363 $ 921 $ 383 $ 219 $ 722
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Three Months Ended March 31, 2012

Major
Turnaround Construction Mine
($ millions) costs in progress development Total
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Cost
Balance at January 1,
2012 $ 114 $ 1,144 $ 393 $ 9,687
Additions 7 134 - 141
Change in asset
retirement costs - - - (60)
Retirements - - - -
Reclassifications (1) - (11) - -
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Balance at March 31,
2012 $ 121 $ 1,267 $ 393 $ 9,768
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Accumulated depreciation
Balance at January 1,
2012 $ 53 $ - $ 111 $ 2,460
Depreciation 9 - 3 95
Retirements - - - -
Reclassifications - - - -
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Balance at March 31,
2012 $ 62 $ - $ 114 $ 2,555
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Net book value at March
31, 2012 $ 59 $ 1,267 $ 279 $ 7,213
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Year Ended December 31, 2011

Upgrading Vehicles Asset
and Mining and Retirement
($ millions) extracting equipment equipment Buildings costs
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Cost
Balance at January 1,
2011 $ 4,669 $ 1,381 $ 688 $ 304 $ 362
Additions - - - - -
Change in asset
retirement costs - - - - 569
Retirements (6) (9) (22) (1) -
Reclassifications (1) 25 45 24 7 -
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Balance at December
31, 2011 $ 4,688 $ 1,417 $ 690 $ 310 $ 931
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Accumulated
depreciation
Balance at January 1,
2011 $ 1,092 $ 449 $ 264 $ 100 $ 103
Depreciation 169 92 54 7 14
Retirements (6) (9) (22) (1) -
Reclassifications 29 (52) (2) (6) 21
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Balance at December
31, 2011 $ 1,284 $ 480 $ 294 $ 100 $ 138
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Net book value at
December 31, 2011 $ 3,404 $ 937 $ 396 $ 210 $ 793
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Year Ended December 31, 2011

Major
Turnaround Construction Mine
($ millions) costs in progress development Total
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Cost
Balance at January 1,
2011 $ 103 $ 694 $ 345 $ 8,546
Additions 43 600 - 643
Change in asset
retirement costs - - - 569
Retirements (32) - (1) (71)
Reclassifications (1) - (150) 49 -
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Balance at December
31, 2011 $ 114 $ 1,144 $ 393 $ 9,687
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Accumulated
depreciation
Balance at January 1,
2011 $ 50 $ - $ 92 $ 2,150
Depreciation 35 - 10 381
Retirements (32) - (1) (71)
Reclassifications - - 10 -
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Balance at December
31, 2011 $ 53 $ - $ 111 $ 2,460
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Net book value at
December 31, 2011 $ 61 $ 1,144 $ 282 $ 7,227
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(1) Reclassifications are primarily transfers from Construction in progress to other categories of property, plant and equipment when construction is completed and assets are available for use.

For the three months ended March 31, 2012, interest costs of $20 million were capitalized and included in property, plant and equipment (three months ended March 31, 2011 - $11 million) based on a 7.3 per cent interest capitalization rate (three months ended March 31, 2011 - 7.3 per cent).

5) Long-Term Debt

 

March 31 December 31
As at ($ millions) 2012 2011
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5.8% Senior Notes due August 15, 2013 (U.S.
$300 million) $ 298 $ 303
7.75% Senior Notes due May 15, 2019 (U.S. $500
million) 496 505
7.9% Senior Notes due September 1, 2021 (U.S.
$250 million) 246 250
8.2% Senior Notes due April 1, 2027 (U.S. $75
million) 72 74
4.50% Senior Notes due April 1, 2022 (U.S.
$400 million) (a) 393 -
6.00% Senior Notes due April 1, 2042 (U.S.
$300 million) (b) 296 -
Credit facilities drawn, excluding letters of
credit - -
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$ 1,801 $ 1,132
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During the first quarter of 2012, Canadian Oil Sands issued the following Senior Notes:

a) 4.50% Senior Notes

On March 29, 2012, the Corporation issued U.S. $400 million of 4.50% unsecured Senior Notes, maturing April 1, 2022. Interest is payable on the notes semi-annually on April 1 and October 1.

b) 6.00% Senior Notes

On March 29, 2012, the Corporation issued U.S. $300 million of 6.00% unsecured Senior Notes, maturing April 1, 2042. Interest is payable on the notes semi-annually on April 1 and October 1.

The new Senior Notes are unsecured, rank pari passu with other senior unsecured debt of the Corporation, and contain certain covenants that place limitations on the sale of assets and the granting of liens or other security interests.

Future Payments

Future principal payments payable under long-term debt, the total of which differs from the amortized cost balance recorded on the Consolidated Balance Sheets, are as follows:

 

March 31
As at ($ millions) 2012
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August, 2013 $ 300
After five years 1,522
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$ 1,822
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6) Asset Retirement Obligation

The Corporation and each of the other Syncrude owners are liable for their share of ongoing environmental obligations related to the ultimate reclamation of the Syncrude properties on abandonment. The Corporation estimates reclamation expenditures will be made over approximately the next 70 years and has applied a risk-free interest rate of 2.75 per cent at March 31, 2012 (December 31, 2011 - 2.50 per cent) in deriving the asset retirement obligation. The risk-free rate is based on the yield for benchmark Government of Canada long-term bonds.

The following table presents the reconciliation of the beginning and ending aggregate carrying amount of the Corporation's share of the obligation associated with the retirement of the Syncrude properties:

 

Three Months Year
Ended Ended
March 31 December 31
($ millions) 2012 2011
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Asset retirement obligation, beginning of
period $ 1,037 $ 501
Change in estimated liability - 471
Liabilities settled (43) (49)
Accretion expense 6 16
Change in risk-free interest rate (60) 98
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Asset retirement obligation, end of period $ 940 $ 1,037
Less current portion (29) (29)
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Non-current portion $ 911 $ 1,008
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The decrease in the asset retirement obligation from $1,037 million at December 31, 2011 to $940 million at March 31, 2012 reflects an increase in the risk-free interest rate used to discount future reclamation payments and reclamation spending, partially offset by the accretion of the discounted liability.

The total undiscounted estimated cash flows required to settle the Corporation's share of the asset retirement obligation was $2,167 million at March 31, 2012 (December 31, 2011 - $2,210 million).

7) Employee Future Benefits

The Corporation's share of Syncrude Canada's defined benefit and contribution plans' costs for the three months ended March 31, 2012 and 2011 is based on its 36.74 per cent working interest. The costs have been recorded in operating expenses as follows:

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
($ millions) 2012 2011
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Operating expenses
Defined benefit plans
Pension plan $ 7 $ 7
Other post employment benefits plan 1 1
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$ 8 $ 8
Defined contribution plan 1 1
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$ 9 $ 9
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8) Foreign Exchange

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
($ millions) 2012 2011
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Foreign exchange (gain) loss - long-term debt $ (20) $ (25)
Foreign exchange (gain) loss - other 4 3
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Total foreign exchange (gain) loss $ (16) $ (22)
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9) Net Finance Expense

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
($ millions) 2012 2011
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Interest costs $ 21 $ 21
Less capitalized interest (20) (11)
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Interest expense 1 10
Accretion of asset retirement obligation 6 4
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Net finance expense $ 7 $ 14
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10) Capital Management

The Corporation's capital consists of cash and cash equivalents, debt and Shareholders' equity. The balance of each of these items at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011 was as follows:

 

March 31 December 31
As at ($ millions) 2012 2011
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Long-term debt $ 1,801 $ 1,132
Cash and cash equivalents (1,702) (718)
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Net debt (1,2) $ 99 $ 414
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Shareholders' equity $ 4,386 $ 4,210
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Total capitalization (1,3) $ 4,485 $ 4,624
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Net debt to total capitalization (1,4) (%) 2 9
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(1) Net debt, total capitalization, and net debt to total capitalization
are non-GAAP measures.
(2) Long-term debt less cash and cash equivalents.
(3) Net debt plus Shareholders' equity.
(4) Net debt divided by total capitalization.

Net debt, comprised of long-term debt less cash and cash equivalents, decreased to $0.1 billion at March 31, 2012 from $0.4 billion at December 31, 2011, as Canadian Oil Sands generated $566 million in cash from operating activities in the first quarter of 2012 (including $112 million from a reduction in operating non-cash working capital balances), exceeding capital expenditures and dividend payments of approximately $141 million and $145 million, respectively. In addition, a reduction in investing non-cash working capital balances increased cash and cash equivalents by $18 million.

Shareholders' equity increased to $4.4 billion at March 31, 2012 from $4.2 billion at December 31, 2011, as net income exceeded dividends in the first quarter of 2012.

As disclosed in Note 5 to these interim consolidated financial statements and Notes 9 and 10 to the 2011 annual consolidated financial statements, the Corporation is bound by certain debt covenants; however, these covenants do not specifically limit the Corporation's ability to pay dividends. The Corporation monitors its total debt-to-total capitalization, as it must be less than 55 per cent according to certain financial covenants. With a net debt-to-total capitalization of two per cent at March 31, 2012, the Corporation is well within its limits and a significant increase in debt or decrease in equity would be required to negatively impact the Corporation's financial flexibility.

11) Commitments

Commitments are summarized in Canadian Oil Sands' 2011 annual consolidated financial statements and include future cash payments that the Corporation is required to make under existing contractual arrangements entered into directly or as a 36.74 per cent owner in Syncrude. During the first quarter of 2012, Canadian Oil Sands entered into new contractual obligations totalling approximately $340 million for the transportation and storage of crude oil; assumed $130 million in new funding commitments relating to major capital projects; increased its funding commitment by $120 million in respect of Syncrude Canada's registered pension plan; and assumed $50 million in new commitments related to Syncrude Canada's employee retention program.

12) Contingency

Crown royalties include amounts due under the Syncrude Royalty Amending Agreement with the Alberta government. The Syncrude Royalty Amending Agreement requires that bitumen be valued by a formula that references the value of bitumen based on a Canadian heavy oil price adjusted for reasonable quality, transportation and handling deductions (including diluent costs) to reflect the quality and location differences between Syncrude's bitumen and the reference price of bitumen. Canadian Oil Sands' share of the royalties recognized for the period from January 1, 2009 to March 31, 2012 are estimated to be approximately $40 million lower than the amount calculated using the Alberta-government-provided bitumen value for Syncrude. The Syncrude owners and the Alberta government continue to discuss the basis for reasonable quality, transportation, and handling adjustments but if such discussions do not result in an agreed upon solution, either party may seek judicial determination of the matter. The cumulative impact of such discussions or judicial determination, as applicable, will be recognized immediately and will impact both net income and cash from operating activities accordingly.

13) Supplementary Information

a) Change in Non-Cash Working Capital

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
($ millions) 2012 2011
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Operating activities:
Accounts receivable $ 51 $ (39)
Inventories (7) 11
Prepaid expenses 5 3
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 80 13
Less: A/P and A/R changes reclassified to
investing and other (17) (7)
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Change in operating non-cash working capital $ 112 $ (19)
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Investing activities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 18 $ 2
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Change in investing non-cash working capital $ 18 $ 2
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b) Income Taxes and Interest Paid

 

Three Months Ended
March 31
($ millions) 2012 2011
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Income taxes paid $ - $ -
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Interest paid $ 23 $ 19
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Income taxes and interest payments are included within cash from operating activities on the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

Canadian Oil Sands Limited

Marcel Coutu

President & Chief Executive Officer

Shares Listed - Symbol: COS

Toronto Stock Exchange

Contact:

Canadian Oil Sands Limited
Siren Fisekci
Vice President, Investor & Corporate Relations
(403) 218-6228
Canadian Oil Sands Limited
Alison Trollope
Manager, Investor Relations
(403) 218-6231
invest@cdnoilsands.com
www.cdnoilsands.com

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